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Monster black holes

A combination of ground-based and spacecraft observations has uncovered two black holes of 10 billion solar masses in the nearby Universe. The finding sheds light on how these cosmic monsters co-evolve with galaxies. See Letter p.215

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Figure 1: Two ways to grow galaxies and their central black holes.

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Cappellari, M. Monster black holes. Nature 480, 187–188 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/480187a

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